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  • 27 Feb 2014
    Statement by UNDP Country Director at the launch of the National Volunteer Secretariat

    As we launch the National Volunteer Secretariat under the umbrella of the Volunteer Information and Coordination Centre, this day marks an important milestone in UNV’s and UNDP’s collaborative efforts with the Ministry of Social Services in the area of promoting volunteerism in Sri Lanka.

  • 12 Feb 2014
    Scaling up efforts to strengthen enforcement of law, access to justice and social integration

    On February 12, 2014, UNDP in Sri Lanka launched its new flagship programme, Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration (SELAJSI), in the presence of Mr. Haoliang Xu, he visiting United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Chair, United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific and UNDP Assistant Administrator & Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.

  • 12 Feb 2014
    Welcome address by Mr. Subinay Nandy at the launch of SELAJSI

    It is indeed my pleasure to extend a very warm welcome to all of you on the occasion of the formal launch of the UNDP-supported “Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration” Programme, which is being implemented in close partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka.

  • 12 Feb 2014
    Keynote address by Mr. Haoliang Xu during the launch of SELAJSI

    Hon. Ministers and Deputy Minister(s); Ambassadors, High Commissioners and members of the Diplomatic Corps; Secretaries and Senior Government Officials; members of partner organizations; colleagues from the UN System; ladies and gentlemen; It is indeed an honour and a privilege for me to be present at the official launch of UNDP’s new flagship Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration (SELAJSI) Programme, and to make the key note address.

  • 05 Feb 2014
    Visit of Mr. Haoliang Xu to Sri Lanka

    Mr. Haoliang Xu, the Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Director of UNDP's Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Chair of the UN Regional Director’s Team for Asia and the Pacific will be visiting Sri Lanka from February 9-12, 2014.

  • 28 Nov 2013
    UNDP joins hands with the Government, UNWomen and the GBV Forum to promote women’s rights

    UNDP in collaboration with UNWomen and the Sri Lanka GBV Forum, supported the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs to hold a policy dialogue on “Gender Based Violence and Women in Peace Building: Linking the National Human Rights Action Plan”

  • 25 Nov 2013
    Workshop on technical capacity building of CBOs

    UNDP, under its Communities for Progress (C4PII) Project, together with the University of Colombo, commenced a workshop on technical capacity building of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in Anuradhapura.

  • 22 Nov 2013
    Community Leadership Development Programme launched

    A Certificate Course in Community Leadership Development was launched by Sri Lanka Foundation (SLF) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the Communities for Progress (C4P II) project funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid).

  • 07 Oct 2013
    Asian women receive international Peace Awards for their work building peace

    Thavachsri Charles Vijayaratnam’s from Sri Lanka has been named as a recipient of the 2013 N Peace Award for her unceasing efforts to improve the lives of rural communities. She will be among 6 other staunch women’s rights activist who will receive the 2013 N-Peace Awards, a prestigious prize which recognizes the leadership role of women and peace advocates from six conflict-affected countries in Asia.

  • 20 Sep 2013
    Energy from Wood

    A new climate change mitigation project to promote sustainable biomass energy production and modern bio-energy technologies in Sri Lanka commenced with an inception workshop on September 17, 2013. The project is aimed at supporting Sri Lankan industries to meet energy needs from locally sourced fuel wood derived through sustainable practices, instead of imported furnace oil, kerosene and diesel.

  • 17 Sep 2013
    UNDP salutes Sunila Abeysekera

    UNDP mourns the loss of Sunila Abeysekera, a renowned leader in women’s rights and defender of human rights, who died of cancer in Colombo on 9 September 2013. She was 61.

  • 12 Sep 2013
    New Eastern Provincial Office of the Department of Registration of Persons opens

    Marking a key milestone, the Eastern Provincial Office of the Department of Registration of Persons was ceremoniously opened on September 10, 2013 by Mrs. Malkanthi Wickramasinghe, Secretary, Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration and Mr. J. A. Ranjith, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence, in the presence of Mr. R. M. S. Sarath Kumara, Commissioner General of the Department for Registration of Persons.

  • 06 Sep 2013
    New Programme on ‘Governance for Local Economic Development’ comes into operation

    UNDP Sri Lanka, in partnership with the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs initiated the new ‘Governance for Local Economic Development’ (GLED) Programme. This new five year Programme will focus on strengthening governance capacities of sub-national level governance institutions, civil society, the private sector and communities in order to foster access to enhanced public sector service delivery and improve socio-economic opportunities and social cohesion across lagging and vulnerable regions in the North and East, while securing their transition from recovery to development.

  • 05 Sep 2013
    New programme on ‘Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration in Sri Lanka’ comes into operation

    UNDP, in partnership with four Ministries of the Government of Sri Lanka, has initiated a new Programme, “Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration in Sri Lanka (SELAJSI)”. The new Programme builds on the support provided by UNDP over the past eight years through its Access to Justice Projects that contributed to increasing the awareness of local communities about their rights and the legal and judicial mechanisms to protect them.

  • 02 Sep 2013
    “Working together to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient Asia-Pacific”: UN Development Chief for Asia and the Pacific

    Mr. Haoliang Xu assumes his role as the new Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today.

  • 19 Jul 2013
    Coping with climate change: Sharing experiences and challenges from rural Sri Lanka

    Adapting and coping with changes in climatic and weather patterns is important. Lack of preparedness and growing uncertainty over weather patterns is a serious issue that needs to be addressed at all levels, from village to national. “We see that weather patterns have changed, and unexpected weather related disasters have increased. My Ministry focuses on increased preparedness and improving early warning,” said Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister for Disaster Management, speaking at the Symposium on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change, organized by the Global Environmental Facility’s Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) of UNDP.

  • 16 Jul 2013
    Enrico Gaveglia, Deputy Country Director, UNDP Sri Lanka at the Handing-over Ceremony of the Every Drop Matters Project, Trincomalee

  • 08 Jul 2013
    UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi meets with the UN in Sri Lanka

    On Thursday, July 4, 2013, the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, who arrived in Colombo earlier that week, met with the UN Country Team, the UN Communications Group and the Youth Mechanism Group of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.

  • 18 Jun 2013
    UNRC on #MeetTheRC event

    The first #MeetTheRC session with the Executive Committee of the Sri Lanka Model United Nations [SLMUN] was held on Tuesday the 18th of June, 2013 at the UN Compound.

  • 07 Jun 2013
    Launch of the Sri Lanka UN-REDD National Programme

    On Friday, 7th June, Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy, officially inaugurated a programme to put forests at the heart of Sri Lanka’s strategy to tackle climate change. The programme will help Sri Lanka to prepare for an international mechanism to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). REDD+ will be part of a future international comprehensive agreement to tackle global warming, which is currently being negotiated through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).